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Thrift at the Chesil Centre © Julian Wardlaw

General Information

Visit us at the Chesil Beach Centre to discover all about Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. Our family-friendly visitor Centre has interactive displays about the formation of the beach, local wildlife and history. Glimpse under the lagoon with our underwater camera, try a spot of bird watching, explore our marine touch table and listen to stories of fishermen who worked on the beach.

It is a modern, accessible building with an integrated learning space, picnic area, gift shop and toilets. There is ample parking in a pay and display car park and a boardwalk next to the Centre allowing easy access to the beach.

For information about the Chesil Bank and Fleet Nature Reserve including access, permitted activities and wildlife updates go to

For a wealth of information about the geography, geology and wildlife of Chesil Beach & the Fleet Lagoon visit

Opening Hours

The Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week, all year round except Christmas day and Boxing day. Opening Hours: 10 am - 5 pm summer (Easter - 1st November), 10 am - 4 pm winter.

How to find us

The visitor Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland on the A354 (Portland Beach Road). 

Parking Charges

Up to 1 hour: £1.00
Up to 2 hours: £2.00
Up to 3 hours: £3.50
Up to 4 hours: £4.50
Up to 12 hours: £6.00

The Fleet Explorer 

Explore Chesil Bank and the Fleet Lagoon by boat.  The Fleet Explorer is now owned and run by Dorset Wildlife Trust.  Contact the Chesil Centre on 01305 206191 for more information and read more here

Accessibility information

There is disabled parking next to the Centre (charges apply- see above) and a disabled toilet outside the Centre. The Centre itself is wheelchair accessible, and the boardwalk is suitable for wheelchairs and mobility vehicles but does not extend over the beach.

More information for young people

Download a copy of The Chesil Challenge (children's activity guide):­ a great way for young people to find out all about Chesil

Inside Centre © Marc Smith

Fleet Observer

Boardwalk onto Chesil © Sally Welbourn



Tel: 01305 206191


Follow us on twitter for wildlife sightings & event details: @DWTWeyPort

Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Beach Road, Portland, Dorset. DT4 9XE


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